last years good stuff

 some stuff people said about our releases …

“Penya is a group that knows percussion and its connection to the heart. The Afro-Latin collective’s latest Penya Investigations release on cassette is true testament to this – as is their forthcoming Acelere EP. Here, they look to expand their vision with originals and remixes, all guaranteed to be dance floor selects……. the vocals blend with tribal percussion, demanding total surrender to the music. It’s a track that breathes new life”

Boiler Room Premiere (Acelere EP)

“Penya’s immaculate percussion section combined with the Cumbia-inspired vocal delivery, creates what just might be a euphoric summer anthem”

Best Before (channel 4)

"Meditative and organic music for the home and dance floor”

Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

"This track feels like it’s being spun by an Afro-Jazz DJ at the end of a three day bender. The genius behind this wondrous piece is multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Magnus PI”

Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the net (BBC 6 Music)

“those Cuban Rumba experiments go dancing with Haitian House”

Test Pressing

"Sonorous, tribal, mystical and damned fine pieces of percussion led alternative dance floor action! Search it Out is the spiritual samba I’ve been waiting for!”

Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s )

Far out stuff man!

Stamp the Wax

Right up my alley

Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp weekly

Hottest Latin track of 2016

Alternative Friday.com

Acelere is the most joyous 12” single that we’ve heard for ages, an Afro Latin dance floor explosion that erupts through the speakers like a mini fiesta, massive -

Piccadilly records

An extremely hot hypnotic Afro charged record

Love Vinyl - top 20 records of 2016

A fantastic gem from the band

Rye Wax records

It’s just so refreshing to hear this sort of material in this day and age. “Acelere” is a triumphant, funky ballad with buoyant South American vocals and an African sort of vibe

Juno records

Sounds Dope

DJ Jose Marquez

This is a bomb

DJ Khalab

Penya Investigations

Penya’s recent collaboration with On the corner records resulted in the “Penya Investigations” cassette.

 

We featured the vocals of Lilli Elina and drew on Jim le M’s Afro-Cuban bata knowledge. Magnus PI produced the music via his north african excursions, resulting in “Search it out” - a track described by Dom Servini as “the spiritual Samba I’ve been waiting for” and by Red Snapper as “percussive genius” 

 

The release also presented  a collaboration with Indian electronic wizard “Daisho”

 

The cassette was featured on Bandcamp weekly in April, and has received radio play from Tom Ravenscroft on BBC 6 music, Nick Luscombe on BBC radio 3, and has been featured by DJ KhalabTom Robinson’s “Fresh on the net”Amazing radio, and a host of other radio and blog sites.

 

Here, we humbly present a new blog where we continue to investigate our roots in the spirit of this cassette ….. soon up will be news of international Penya investigations with DJ Khalab (Italy)  and DJ Jose Marquez (Los Angeles) , plus Jim le M’s personal investigations of Peruvian folklore.